Three standing stones 550m, 700m and 820m north of Damage Barton


Heritage Category:
Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Location Description:
Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.


Ordnance survey map of Three standing stones 550m, 700m and 820m north of Damage Barton
© Crown Copyright and database right 2020. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2020. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1002572.pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 20-Jan-2020 at 09:10:28.


The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Location Description:
Legacy Record - This information may be included in the List Entry Details.
North Devon (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SS 47041 46148, SS 47062 46329, SS 47197 46472

Reasons for Designation

Standing stones are prehistoric ritual or ceremonial monuments with dates ranging from the Late Neolithic to the end of the Bronze Age for the few excavated examples. They comprise single or paired upright orthostatic slabs, ranging from under lm to over 6m high where still erect. They are often conspicuously sited and close to other contemporary monument classes. They can be accompanied by various features: many occur in or on the edge of round barrows, and where excavated, associated subsurface features have included stone cists, stone settings, and various pits and hollows filled in with earth containing human bone, cremations, charcoal, flints, pots and pot sherds. Similar deposits have been found in excavated sockets for standing stones, which range considerably in depth. Several standing stones also bear cup and ring marks. Standing stones may have functioned as markers for routeways, territories, graves, or meeting points, but their accompanying features show they also bore a ritual function and that they form one of several ritual monument classes of their period that often contain a deposit of cremation and domestic debris as an integral component. No national survey of standing stones has been undertaken, and estimates range from 50 to 250 extant examples, widely distributed throughout England but with concentrations in Cornwall, the North Yorkshire Moors, Cumbria, Derbyshire and the Cotswolds. Standing stones are important as nationally rare monuments, with a high longevity and demonstrating the diversity of ritual practices in the Late Neolithic and Bronze Age. The three standing stones 550m, 700m and 820m north of Damage Barton survive well and are mainly composed of quartz which seems to have held a particular significance to prehistoric societies and is often found within both domestic and ritual settings. The spectacular coastal site and prominent location of these stones and their close association with others in the vicinity add to their ritual significance. All three are firmly earthfast and are likely to be in their original positions.


The monument, which falls into three areas, includes three standing stones situated on a prominent coastal hill which forms the watershed between two small streams and overlooks Bull Point. The standing stones survive as upright, earthfast monoliths in a linear arrangement spaced approximately 150m apart. The southern stone measures up to 0.7m long, 0.6m wide and 0.8m high and contains seams of quartz. The central stone is leaning slightly, composed mainly of white quartz and measures 0.6m square and up to 1.2m high. The northern stone is composed entirely of white quartz, is slightly pointed at the top and measures 0.6m long, 0.5m wide and 1.35m high. A similar monument lies to the east and is the subject of a separate scheduling.

Sources: Devon HER:-213, 214 and 215 NMR:-SS44NE1, SS44NE2 and SS44NE3 PastScape Monument No:-33360, 33363 and 33366


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
DV 650
Legacy System:


This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

End of official listing

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email [email protected].